Marco Rubio’s Career As A Public Servant Is A Joke

Washington Post: Rubio secured a spot on a 9/11 committee. Then he skipped many of the meetings.

Rubio did not give the job the attention that legislative leaders expected. He skipped nearly half of the meetings over the first five months of the panel’s existence, more than any of his colleagues, according to Florida legislature records. He missed hours of expert testimony and was absent for more than 20 votes — prompting the state House speaker who had given him the assignment to express concern, the committee’s chairman said…

Rubio’s role on the panel foreshadowed many of the traits that he has been criticized for during his rise to the top tier of the Republican presidential field. The first-term U.S. senator, who has missed more votes than any of his colleagues, has been attacked by some of his rivals for not doing his job…

Rubio’s campaign declined to make him available for an interview or to answer written questions about his service on the Florida committee…

Tampa Bay Times: Marco Rubio touts Foreign Relations work but, review shows, he missed 60 percent of hearings

A new, sweeping review of all committees Rubio has sat on since taking office in 2011 paints a bleak picture of participation in the day-to-day responsibilities of the job.

Rubio is on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Commerce and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees. The Florida Republican has missed 68 percent of hearings, or 407 of 598 for which records were available.

His skipped 80 percent of Commerce hearings and 85 percent of those held by Small Business, records show…He has missed 60 percent of Foreign Relations hearings since joining the Senate despite making his committee experience a centerpiece of his qualifications for president…The figures are through November 2015, and Rubio’s absenteeism has only worsened as he has hit the campaign trail full-time. He already has the worst missed-vote record of any current senator…

But the review shows that he was missing hearings well before he launched his campaign. And the pattern extends to his other committee posts…Rubio has attended only 20 percent of Commerce hearings and 15 percent of Small Business, again in which his attendance could be determined either way. Even if he attended the additional 15 Commerce hearings, he still would have been absent 74 percent of the time…